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3:10 PM ET, March 5, 2013


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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush Disagrees With His Own Book Hours After It's Published  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday that he would support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants “if you can craft that in law where you can have a path to citizenship …
Beth Reinhard /
Jeb Bush's Poorly Timed Flip -Flop on Immigration  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's new book was aimed at nudging a reluctant Republican Party toward reforms that would allow illegal immigrants to live and work without fear of deportation.  —  But by recommending only legal residency …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jeb Bush: Heartbroken by Mitt Romney loss  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that while Mitt Romney didn't run the best campaign, his loss “breaks my heart.”  —  “I wish Mitt Romney was president right now because I think we'd have someone who would be in the midst of trying to forge consensus …
Discussion: CNN and American Prospect
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Jeb Bush immigration flip could upend amnesty debate
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
John Feehery / The Hill:
Tag-teaming Obama  —  Don't tell the Tea Party, but the tag team of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are currently mopping the floor with Barack Obama.  —  The president convincingly won a second term in November, but since that time, the congressional Republican leadership has outfoxed …
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Powerless Presidency  —  Last Friday's press conference by Barack Obama marked the end of an era.  It was March 1st, the day that the sequester was set to kick in, and the President had just come from a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office.
Peter Foster / Agence France Presse:
Barack Obama a ‘dithering, controlling, risk-averse’ US president
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Washington Post report confuses one prostitute with another in bid to debunk Menendez allegations  —  The Washington Post mistook one prostitute for another Monday in a report that initially seemed to debunk a November 2012 Daily Caller exposé of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.
Woman Says She Was Paid to Lie About Claim of Sex With Senator Menendez
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Hotel boots rowdy Rodman over Kim Jong Un scene  —  Dennis Rodman, just back from visiting Kim Jong Un, was escorted out of the Time Hotel in Midtown on Sunday after spending hours at the restaurant bar loudly telling anyone who would listen what a great guy the North Korean dictator is.
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Bill would forbid parents from getting no-fault divorce  —  Seven Republicans in the Iowa House are pushing a bill to prohibit parents of minor children from getting a “no fault” divorce and the proposal could be debated in a House committee this week.  —  A three-member subcommittee debated the bill today.
The Huffington Post:
Iowa GOP Lawmakers Try To Curtail Divorce, Worry It Makes Young Women More ‘Promiscuous’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Krugman:
Urk, Charlie Rose Edition  —  Well, we'll see how it comes out after editing, but I feel that I just had my Denver debate moment: I was tired, cranky, and unready for the blizzard of misleading factoids and diversionary stuff (In 1997 you said that the aging population was a big problem!
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems back down from strongly opposing GOP spending bill  —  House Democratic leaders have decided against uniting their party's rank and file in opposition to a Republican spending bill that would fund the government.  —  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the GOP's continuing resolution …
Discussion: Politico
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP centrists balk at Ryan Medicare shift  —  House Republican centrists are furious that GOP leaders are considering abandoning their pledge not to change Medicare retirement benefits for people 55 years and older.  —  According to several sources, a handful of centrist GOP lawmakers attending …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Ryan: New Medicare Plan Won't Affect Americans ‘In Or Near Retirement’
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House spending bill requires Saturday mail delivery  —  The new House GOP spending bill directs the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail six days a week, against the wishes of the nation's postmaster general.  —  A House Appropriations aide confirmed that the spending measure …
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
ACORN, In New GOP Budget Bill, Would Be Defunded Again, Even Though It No Longer Exists  —  WASHINGTON — A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group …
USA Today:
Dow Jones high on Fed steroids: Our view … Like all good things, the performance-enhancing policies must come to an end.  —  Four years after the stock market hit bottom, it is flirting with an all-time high.  On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average enjoyed its second highest close ever …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Blog
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
Dow Reaches Record High, Spurred by Fed and Profits
Pew Research Center:
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion  —  The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys.  This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared …
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Politicians Massively Overestimate Conservatism Of Constituents: Study  —  Politicians, especially conservative ones, massively overestimate the conservatism of their constituents on the issues of gay marriage and universal health care, an academic paper published Sunday has found.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
2012 blame game: Will it ever end?  —  Four months after taking an electoral pounding, Republicans can't agree on what went wrong in 2012 — let alone on a path to recovery.  —  Each week brings a new diagnosis of the party's woes.  Karl Rove says it's candidate quality.
Growing List of Sheriffs, Associations and Police Chiefs Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control  —  UPDATE: We've been contacted by police chiefs who want to be counted among the valiant as well!  Look for their list after the sheriffs.  —  The following sheriffs, state sheriff's associations …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:   Nearly 1 in 3 state sheriff groups now oppose Obama gun controls
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Army Spokesman Reminds Employees and Civilians Not to Criticize Commander in Chief  —  Stephen D. Abney, the chief public affairs official for the Army's Joint Munitions Command, recently sent a message to all 6,000 employees he speaks for: Don't criticize President Barack Obama or any political party to members of the press.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Blows Off Food Inspection Cuts  —  On Tuesday morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appeared before the House Committee on Agriculture to testify about the impact of the sequester's across-the-board cuts on food safety inspections.  The mechanism — which went into effect …
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Matt Williams / Guardian:
Oberlin College cancels classes after racist and homophobic incidents
Frank Newport / Gallup:
As Sequestration Starts, Americans Unsure of Consequences
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Minimum Wage Increase Proposed By Tom Harkin, George Miller ‘A Matter Of Justice’
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Venezuela boots U.S. attaché, accuses enemies of Chavez plot
Discussion: FP Passport and Business Insider
Exclusive: Goldman finds new way to do buyouts in face of Volcker
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Tax revenue to hit record this year. So is spending ‘the problem’?
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Credit rating agencies shrug off sequester, say more cuts needed
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin / Lowering the Bar:
UPDATE II: School Offers Counseling for Students Troubled by Pastry-Gun Incident
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Speaking Fees Bring Booker $1 Million; He Says He ‘Kept Very Little of It, if Any’
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Politico
New York Times:
Obama Names 2 to Fill E.P.A. and Energy Posts
Yahoo! News:
Is your vanity license plate banned in D.C.?
Discussion: Washington Examiner
CBS News:
Poll: Most feel sequester will personally affect them
Roger Simon / Politico:
Simon: GOP yearning for crazy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Thirteen Words
Discussion: The Other McCain and Whiskey Fire